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4 Favourite Tourist Destinations To Visit In North Wales

Matt Crisp June 16, 2023

North Wales is one of the most beautiful places in the UK, with rugged mountains and miles of golden beaches to explore. Besides this, it has a fascinating cultural heritage, with many impressive castles and a landscape that has inspired many legends and works of art. Here are some of the top places to visit this summer.

 

Conwy Castle

Conwy Castle is one of the most well preserved mediaeval castles in the UK and Europe, and it is impossible not to be impressed by its majestic proportions. It dominates the narrow streets of the town, framed by the backdrop of the mountains of Snowdonia and foregrounded by the sea. 

The castle was constructed over 700 years ago between 1283 and 1287 under the instruction of King Edward I, and it is still possible to climb the very same staircases to the top of the towers. There is no better way to absorb the past and treasure the stunning views we can still enjoy today. 

 

Llandudno

Llandudno is a long standing favourite tourist destination; a traditional Victorian seaside town that has never lost its charm. It has a wide promenade for a pleasant stroll along the shore, and Wales’s longest pier. The picture postcard seafront is lined with pastel coloured hotels and full of interesting shops and restaurants. 

The sweeping bay is overlooked by the Great Orme, ideal for taking a stroll to the top for some stunning views. Alternatively you can take the tram to the summit and enjoy the Great Orme Country Park and Nature Reserve. Spotting some of the town’s wild goats who became a lockdown internet hit is a distinct possibility!

 

The Isle of Anglesey

Cross the famous Menai Bridge to Anglesey, the world’s first modern suspension bridge built by Thomas Telford in 1826. The island is famous for its miles of beautiful beaches, such as Newborough, Lligwy, and Benllech. At Newborough you will find one of the UK’s largest sand dune systems which is part of a national Nature Reserve.

A pine forest was planted in the mid-twentieth century to help stabilise the dunes, and this now provides a network of walking and cycling trails. You can also walk to Ynys Llanddwyn at low tide, and learn about the legend of St Dwynwen, who inspired the Welsh equivalent of Valentine’s Day.

Anglesey was once a hub for copper production and in the 18th century it had the largest copper mine in the world. The legacy of the so-called ‘Welsh Copper Rush’ can be seen at Parys Mountain on the heart of the island, with its strange otherworldly landscape of undulating orange and yellow earth. 

 

Portmeirion Village

The Italianate village of Portmeirion sits on the coastline near Porthmadog, and over the years it has been used as the location for films and TV shows.  The Riviera style houses and ornamental garden were built by the architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis and it opened in 1926. The attractive village is the perfect place to while away a summer’s afternoon.

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